• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Faded hunt caps?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Faded hunt caps?

    I feel like I belong in the HJ forum asking a "fashion" question, but alas I am still pretty new to dressage and am afraid of making a gross faux pas.

    I recently got a hunt cap off ebay which I am IN LOVE with. However, it is the kind made from real velvet so it's faded brown from the sunlight. It's still pretty dark and you can barely see the brown in certain low-light situations, but the brown color is definitely there. I've always been under the impression that you match your hat and coat in dressage. I have a black jacket...would it be okay to wear my hunt cap with this? I'd very much like to wear a cap in shows and will buy an additional one that's not faded if I have to, but I won't if I don't!

    Thanks in advance
    "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"

  • #2
    I don't know if it's still the "in" thing but at one time faded velvet hunt caps were worn by all the "not so rich but fairly famous riders". Sort of emblematic of time in the saddle. Now all that lot is wearing $500+ helmets of all sorts of expensive metals.

    See what the "fashionistas" have to say.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

    Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.


    • #3
      I don't think anyone is going to look at what color your hunt cap is. Go for it.


      • #4
        I think that would look great. My own personal fashion sense is to wear a traditional black hunt cap with a snaffle briddle and a top hat with a double.


        • #5
          Does it still work?

          My concern would be that the safety date hasn't expired. Check inside for the manufacture date and then check their website to make sure that the helmet hasn't decomposed from age. As long as the helmet will actually save your head, you are good to go. The new air vented ones are much cooler, though.
          Intermediate Riding Skills


          • #6
            I have an old faded velvet helmet that I lent to a girl to use in showmanship. It had a weird reddish tint in certain lights, and the girl's coat was black. I just took a black sharpie to the helmet and it looked brand new. Just get the sharpie with the wide tip, or you will be coloring it forever.

            Since this helmet was so old as to not be safe for head-protection purposes, using a sharpie was fine. If the helmet is still newer and could protect your head, I would not do this. The solvents in the sharpie can possibly degrade the plastic shell of the helmet. But if you are wearing it just for looks, then it's no big deal.


            • #7
              I bought a black velvet helmet cover to hide my faded cap - it doesn't look as "fitted" with it though, and I have a funny line on my forehead when I wear it!

              It's an option for shows at least...


              • #8
                Originally posted by whicker View Post
                My concern would be that the safety date hasn't expired. Check inside for the manufacture date and then check their website to make sure that the helmet hasn't decomposed from age. As long as the helmet will actually save your head, you are good to go. The new air vented ones are much cooler, though.
                I think she's talking about an unapproved hunt cap . As in the "looks pretty but not more effective as a brain bucket than a top hat" kind of hunt cap. To each his own! Different people are willing to take different risks.

                Mares are like neutrons. If there are too many in an area, you approach critical mass. And then there are explosions. Loud ones.


                • #9
                  Not sure why I just found this thread, but you will find, if you search, threads asking how to get your helmet to fade so it looks like you've had it for 900 years......

                  That was more prevalent before the rule came for the hunters that approved helmets were required for more groups over fences (I don't want to quote the exact rule).

                  So yes, you can use your faded hunt cap!


                  • #10
                    I'm with the others who said it sounded like it was just a fashion helmet, and major protection. (Although, I had an old hunt cap that lasted 10 years and was before approvals, had only an elastic strap, and it saved my brain quite a few times ).

                    My advice? Don't worry. No one is looking at it, judging you by it, and the people that matter do NOT care. Wear it! Only jealous DQ-wannabes will be criticizing you for it--because they can't criticize your riding.
                    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"